We are hearing a lot about Venezuela in the news lately and some are asking why it matters if the Venezuelan government collapses or the nation is in turmoil.
First of all, it matters a great deal to the 32 million people who live there. They are starving and government troops have been burning the food and supplies sent by the United States. For the past few years, hundreds of pregnant women have crossed the border into neighboring Colombia to have their babies because the medical conditions in Venezuela are so poor and unreliable.
While many people are pointing the fingers of blame for what is happening in Venezuela at Nicolas Maduro, but in reality, it started long before Maduro took office.
In 2002, Hugo Chavez became President of Venezuela. The socialist leader used the profits from the country’s rich oil fields, to push social reform. Sound familiar to America’s Democrats of today?
In April 2013, Chavez was replaced with Nicolas Maduro, who quickly assumed dictatorial power. Maduro was even more of a staunch socialist than Chavez was. He quickly started pushing socialist programs on the nation.
Like most socialist nations, it takes a great deal of tax money to provide for all of the social reform policies of the socialist government. Taxes were raised, raised again and raised even more. As the taxes kept increasing, so did inflation which also resulted in the devaluation of their currency, the Venezuelan bolivar.
With inflation and the devaluation of the bolivar, millions of Venezuelans could no longer buy enough food or pay for homes, clothes or anything else. Poverty spread like an epidemic of cholera and in some areas, had the same deadly effect with people dying from starvation and disease.
Yet, every time inflation rose, the government increased taxes thinking it would counter it. The process they created fueled itself and now, the nation has runaway inflation, with super high taxes, and currency not worth the paper it’s printed on. Millions are out of work, starving and yet, Maduro has his socialist upper echelon continue to eat high on the hog.
I heard one reported compare the situation in Venezuela to the myth of Roman Emperor Nero just fiddling as Rome burned down all around him.
That has led to the rise of opposition leader Juan Guaido, who some believe is the rightful President of Venezuela. In fact, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had both endorsed Guaido as the rightful President of Venezuela and that Maduro must leave office.
So, why does all this matter to us here in the United States?
Because, what many of America’s Democrats are pushing are the very same things that were pushed in Venezuela. Democrats are America’s socialists. Some are willing to admit it, like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while others refuse to admit it, like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to name a few.
The policies of Democrats – free Medicare for all, free college tuition for all, raising taxes on businesses and the wealthy and the Green New Deal – are all socialist policies designed to tax everyone to the point that they can’t support themselves and are forced to rely on the government for help, just like what has happened in Venezuela.
Don’t forget, that Bernie Sanders, a 2020 candidate, just announced that it’s time to finalize the socialist revolution of America and take over the government.
If Democrats succeed in winning control of Congress and the White House, then America will undoubtedly follow the same path that Venezuela has followed. America, in not that many years, will also experience high taxes, runaway inflation, loss of jobs and mass starvation.
Just as Venezuela is economically collapsing before our eyes, so will America if Democrats get control of the nation. This is why Venezuela matters.
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